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901 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa
Thursday, September 28, 2017

The School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida, met in Workshop Session Thursday, September 28, 2017, at 9 a.m., in the School Board Auditorium, 901 East Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, with Superintendent Jeff Eakins, and Board Members Lynn L. Gray, April Griffin (arrived at 9:11am), Sally Harris, Tamara P. Shamburger, and Cindy Stuart present.  Chair Cindy Stuart presided.

Board Members absent from today’s Workshop were:  Melissa Snively and Susan Valdes

Others present:

Board Attorney – James Porter

Deputy Superintendent:  Van Ayres

Chief of Schools, Administration:  Harrison Peters

Assistant Superintendents/Division Chiefs:

Academic Support and Federal Programs –Tracye Brown

Business – Gretchen Saunders

Educational Leadership and Professional Development – Tricia McManus

Government Relations – Connie Milito

Outreach – Larry Sykes

Teaching and Learning – Debbie Cook

Workforce Connections – Scott Brooks

Communications and Media Officer – Grayson Kamm

Media Outreach, Department Manager – Tanya Arja

Administrative Secretary (Recording) – Kandee King

News Media Representatives:

Tampa Bay Times – Marlene Sokol

Approximately 25 people were in the audience, including other school district personnel.

Chair Stuart called the meeting to order at 9:03 a.m.

(1)        Impacts and Implementation of House Bill 7069 from the 2017 Legislative Session

This workshop was held to review the impact and implementation of the major provisions contained in House Bill 7069, including, Title 1, Capital Outlay Millage, Schools of Hope, Recess, Extended Reading Time, and Assessments.  

Superintendent Eakins made brief comments.

Dr. Jason Pepe, Manager, Legislative Services, outline the agenda for the workshop.

Lynn Dougherty-Underwood, Director of Literacy, K-12, gave an overview of the Extended Reading Time (ERT).

During 2016/2017 we had 38 low performing schools in Hillsborough County Public Schools
    • Reading scores in 13 of those schools raised
    • 37 were public schools and 1 was charter
  • Worked closely with Department of Assessment and Accountability
  • Flexible transportation was provided for ERT students and siblings
  • Snacks provided through a grant
  • Very strategic support approach
    • Site based decision making process
    • Stragegic plan aligned with school plan
    • Drop-in support teams
    • Established relationships
    • Coaching support for teachers
    • Monitoring
    • Communication
    • FAQ for school sites
    • Access to district personnel

  • HB 7069 restricts the flexibility that supports schools in need.
  • As a district we are no longer able to reserve funds off the top to provide additional support to those who need it.  All funds go directly to the school site.
  • We must provide salary differential to renaissance sites


  • Recess requires an additional 20 minutes on daily schedules, and does not generate FTE. 
  • An icon has been placed on school administrators and teachers desktops with scheduling suggestions.


  • Testing window will change from six weeks to four weeks
  • The state has removed Algebra 2
  • High schools are expected to test 95 percent of their students in;
    • English Language Assessment (ELA) at grades 9 and 10
    • US History, Biology, Algebra 1 and Geometry in 4 weeks
    • In the past we have dedicated a week per assessment
    • All students are allowed to test up to a full school day for US History and Biology and half school day for Florida Standardized Assessment (FSA) and End-of-Course (EOC) 
  •  Next year state testing start date moves to May 1 
    • Fewer testing days
    • Impacts FSA, semester exams, AP and IP testing, in addition to graduations
    • Impact availability of test administrators
  • Students will be required to make up assessments either over the summer or the following school year
    • Time between end of course instruction and assessment
    • Time lost in current class
    • Student will receive a No Grade (NG) on their report card, until assessment is complete
    • School grade will be Incomplete (I), until all students have completed assessment
  • Management of testing event, whether on-line or paper will be problematic
  • Promotion/retention issues
  • Delay in school grades from the state


  • Use of building/facilities
    • Long term agreements
    • Fee and fee waiver process currently in place
  • Schools are shelters.  We need to be sure the roof and air conditioning work.
  • A portion of our millage may go to charter schools






  • Hope operators are Not-for-Profit operator
  • Anyone can submit a letter of intent
  • Required to provide transportation
  • Must be in good standing in the state they are operating in


  • TOP-3 is a Competetive Grant
  • TOP-2 is the plan that needs to be approved to apply for TOP-3 Grant. 
    • Cross divisional work

There was general discussion to include:

  • Many things were required to happen very quickly
  • Our district has operated the same way since 1965.  With this change we are losing resources
  • HB 7069 is limiting us on how we use federal funds 
  • The state is known for weaving things and placing in statute 
  • We currently have schools in the lower 300, how do we get to zero.  We have to score higher than the other districts. 
  • Algebra 2 is now a local assessment and is 30 percent of a student’s grade
  • Delivery of paper assessments will be a big challenge.  Some schools will have less time than others to prepare the assessments for students.
  • Board members will be supplied a fact sheet with total calculations.

With no further discussion the workshop adjourned at 11:09 a.m.  (Audio recording on file.)

HCPS publishes minutes of School Board meetings after Board approval. Although the online minutes do not include signatures, citizens may arrange to review the official documents by completing a public records request with the Communications Department.

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